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Evidence of World War I Battlefield Exposed in Rosh Ha-'Ayin

Posted : 11 May 2017 04:43:21 | By TWO Bureau | New Delhi

Evidence of World War I Battlefield Exposed in Rosh Ha-'Ayin

Evidence of fierce battles between the British and Ottoman armies in the form of dozens of bullet cartridges, shell fragments and military items from World War I was recently exposed in an archaeological excavation of the Israel Antiquities Authority near Rosh Ha'ayin, with the assistance of students from the Melach Ha-Aretz pre-military preparatory program. In addition, two military outposts were discovered that were used by the Ottoman army. One was located inside an ancient field tower and the other was adjacent to an agricultural terrace.


According to Yossi Elisha, director of the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority. "As archaeologists, we expect to discover ancient finds from hundreds and thousands of years ago, whereas here we have a relatively "young" one-hundred-year-old artifact. These finds constitute evidence of one of the major battles that was fought in Palestine between the British forces and the Turkish forces during the First World War”.


At the beginning of the excavation, a fragment of a British army cap insignia was discovered at one of the outposts, and next to it were bullets and Ottoman rifle cartridges.


The fighting on this site was part of the Battle of Megiddo that took place on September 19, 1918. Two battalions, 1/4 and 1/5 of the British Norfolk Regiment, attacked the ridge where the excavated site is located, in order to assist another battalion that attacked the Ottoman fortifications. A British cap insignia inside the Ottoman outpost was located, vividly illustrating this historical event.


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